Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cycling the Atlanta Beltline

On Monday Susan and I took advantage of the nice weather and the Columbus Day holiday to take a trip to Piedmont Park in Atlanta. When we got to the park we met up with my step-daughter Lana and our grandson Jahshua. The plan was for Jahshua and I to take off on our bikes on the Atlanta Beltline and for Susan and Lana to walk.

Park Tavern
We started our adventure at the Park Tavern at the corner of 10th Street NE and Monroe Drive NE. As I prepared for the ride in my spandex tri-shorts Susan pointed out that Gay Pride was yesterday. Haha, she's so funny! She obviously doesn't know that the ladies enjoy seeing a 50-something year old guy in spandex. Note my new CliC glasses around my neck.

Me and Jahshua
Jahshua led the way as we meandered along the beltline among the throng of runners, walkers and dog walkers, mom's pushing strollers, and other cyclists. What an awesome asset for the city the beltline has become. We were cautious at the numerous street crossings as we stopped to take a picture here and there.

Waiting to cross Moreland Drive near Freedom Parkway
Jahshua going for some sprint points
A picture of me beside one of the larger pieces of art
As Jahshua and I rode around Susan took more pictures of the art.

More art
Art under a bridge
Still more art - DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE!
And more art
We ate at Pure Taqueria which is just off of the beltline in Inman Park.  The chips, salsa, and jalapeno cheese dip were great. My sandwich was a little bland. Susan said the same about her tacos.

Jahshua, Susan, and Lana
Cuban sandwich, rice and charros
Fish tacos and black beans
Fish tacos, rice and charros
Fish tacos, salad and black beans
After lunch Jahshua and I took off again as Susan and Lana stopped at some shops on their return trip to Piedmont Park.

Round two of our adventure after lunch
The Atlanta Skyline
After we returned home I hit the trainer again. I rode 21 miles, 5 easy miles, 5 harder miles, 5 easy, 5 harder, and a 1 mile cool down.  That's up from my previous trainer riders that I limited to one hour.
Baby steps folks, baby steps.

Thanks for reading.